Sugar (American band)

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Origin Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
Genres Alternative rock
Years active 1992–1995
Labels Rykodisc
Creation (UK)
Past members Bob Mould
David Barbe
Malcolm Travis

Sugar was an American alternative rock band of the early 1990s. Formed in 1992, they were led by the singer and guitarist Bob Mould (ex-Hüsker Dü), alongside bassist David Barbe (ex-Mercyland) and drummer Malcolm Travis (ex-Human Sexual Response).[1]


The band was named in an Athens, GA Waffle House Restaurant when Mould spotted a sugar packet on the table he and the other two band members were sitting at. Their first concert was on February 20, 1992, at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, after a few weeks warming up in R.E.M.'s downtown practice space.

Later in 1992, the band released the album Copper Blue, which was named Album Of The Year 1992 by the NME. The following year they released Beaster, an EP of material recorded during the Copper Blue sessions. The single "If I Can't Change Your Mind" was a moderate success in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

After an abortive attempt to record a second album, the band regrouped and released File Under: Easy Listening in September 1994. It reached No. 7 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

A b-side compilation album, Besides, followed in July 1995. Mould broke the band up in spring 1996,[1] because Barbe wished to spend more time with his growing family and expand his solo career. Travis took over the drumming slot in Kustomized.

Bob Mould spent the summer of 2012 touring and playing Copper Blue in its entirety.[2]


Sugar discography
Studio albums 3
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 3
Singles 8

The discography of Sugar consists of three studio albums, one compilation album, one live album, two boxsets and eight singles.


Year Information[1] Chart positions
1992 Copper Blue
  • Labels: Rykodisc, Creation
  • Released: September 1992
1993 Beaster (EP)
  • Labels: Rykodisc, Creation
  • Released: April 1993
130 3
1994 File Under: Easy Listening
  • Labels: Rykodisc, Creation
  • Released: September 1994
50 7
1995 Besides (compilation)
  • Labels: Rykodisc, Creation
  • Released: June 1995
2013 The Joke Is Always on Us, Sometimes. (live album)
  • Labels: Edsel Records
  • Released: November 2013
  • Notes: Originally packaged with the first 25,000 copies of Besides


  • A Box of Sugar (Edsel, 2013) – 5xLP
  • Complete Recordings 1992-1995 (Edsel, 2014) – 5xCD


  • All singles were released on both Creation and Rykodisc; except where indicated.
Year Title[5] Chart positions Album
1992 "Changes" (Creation) Copper Blue
"Helpless" (Rykodisc) 5
"A Good Idea" 65
1993 "If I Can't Change Your Mind" 30
"Tilted" (Creation) 48 Beaster
1994 "Your Favorite Thing" 14 40 File Under: Easy Listening
"Believe What You're Saying" 73
1995 "Gee Angel" (Rykodisc)


  1. ^ a b c d e Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 951. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ Danton, Eric R. (August 27, 2012). "Album Premiere: Bob Mould, 'Silver Age'". Retrieved September 24, 2012. Mould spent most of the summer playing Copper Blue at festivals 
  3. ^ a b "allmusic ((( Sugar > Awards )))". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  4. ^ a b "The Official Charts Company - Sugar". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-08-10. 
  5. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 538–539. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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